You like 72" stripes?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-Scapes, Nov 21, 2002.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have been thinking about getting a 72" cutting machine but.. that means I would have to get a new trailer to fit it in.

    I have seen a couple of lawns that LCOs use a 72" deck and it doen't look right to me (edit: stripes look too wide).. even on 2 acre props. Customers may not like it either. This is kinda holding me back from getting one.

    What's your opinion?
     
  2. Fine Lines Lawn

    Fine Lines Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is just my opinion, but I like 72" stripes. The wider, and brighter, the better. I don't own a 72" yet, but one is planned for spring.
     
  3. LakeSide Lawn and Landscape

    LakeSide Lawn and Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    How big are the propertys you are going to be using it on?
     
  4. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Most of my properties are between 1-2 acres. I have a few that are 10,000 sf but I have a 50" walkbehind I can use on those.
     
  5. LakeSide Lawn and Landscape

    LakeSide Lawn and Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    On propertys that size i think the 72 would be fine:)
     
  6. JEFF ZALMANOFF

    JEFF ZALMANOFF LawnSite Member
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    I have a 72 inch toro it cuts great all my customers love it . on long 5-6-7 acre lawns the stripes look super , jeff
     
  7. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
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    So are you saying you don't want to get the 72 because of the damn stripes OR how about your PRODUCTIVITY, rate of pay, profitability and income?

    If those 1-2 acre properties you can get done XX faster with a 72 compared to a 50, and you can justify the cost after however many cuts or seasons, than do it.. :)

    Gary
     
  8. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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    Anybody have some pics of the difference between 72" and say 62" and maybe even 52" stripes. I'd like to see the difference and see what I like better. I know I like stripes at least 42" wide, smaller than that and they look crowded.
     
  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    TSG,

    I really don't think you'll like 72" stripes on that small of properties.

    I experimented with that idea earlier this season on a larger open property. I cut with a 42" lawn tractor and decided to run double passes each way with overlap which produced a 72" stripe. I thought after laying the pattern the 1st time I'd be able to shave a little turning time off and get done quicker.

    I never cut it that way again! Ugh!!! :nono:
    Stripes that wide are only for large open properties with plenty of distance between structures and property lines. Properties over 2 acres.

    For my taste, stripe width should be in proper ratio to property size and openess. 42" stripes look too narrow on an open acre but look great on an acre w/house and moderate landscaping. I think 52" is best all around and wouldn't go over 60"- 62" peroid.

    Just my 2 cents!
     
  10. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
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    72" stripes.................Lynn

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